Young Fitz, the illegitimate son of the noble Prince Chivalry, is ignored by all royalty except the devious King Shrewd, who has had him tutored him in the dark arts of the assassin. He has barely survived his first, soul-shattering mission, and when he returns to the court, he is thrown headfirst into the tumult of royal life.
With the king near death, and Fitz's only ally off on a seemingly hopeless quest, the throne itself is threatened.
Meanwhile, the treacherous Red Ship Raiders have renewed their attacks on the Six Duchies, slaughtering the inhabitants of entire seaside towns. In this time of great peril, it soon becomes clear that the fate of the kingdom may rest in Fitz's hands - and his role in its salvation may require the ultimate sacrifice.
©1999 Robin Hobb (P)2010 Tantor
“Hobb manages to create a kingdom that looks like a fairy tale but feels like the real world---which makes it almost impossible not to become immersed in Hobb's fantasy epic.” (Publishers Weekly)
So glad I didn't give up on this series because the 2nd book was amazing!! I found the first book quite forgettable & it just didn't stand out at all for me. I had trouble even recalling what the story was about. This book totally gripped me & I was completely hooked on what would happen next. Now I'm hoping the 3rd book wraps it up nicely & provides for excellent adventure.
Fifty something, small business owner, married, no children. Love travel, beaches, tropical isles, classic cars and listening!
Wonderful series, great character development, and a super listen. As with most epic tales at some point the story drags a little, but overall still a 5 star with me.
I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
As the title says this is #2 in the series. If you have not read book #1 you will not enjoy this book. Book one, develops the main characters and if you start here you will think he is some whinny sick boy. You must read book one to understand the characters.
If you have read book one, then you are in for a treat. When I first read this series I actually liked the second book better then the first. In this book there is less of Chade and more of the Fool. There is more about the wit, a talent I believe would be great to have. Fitz starts the story out sick and pretty much stays sick and hurt throughout the book. Regal has a bigger meaner part in this and Verity leaves Buck Keep.
Like most of Hobb's books you really get caught up in the lives of these people. Hobb does better character development then anyone I know. For the second reading this did get a little long, yet I still enjoyed it, though not as much as the first time. All of Hobb's characters are flawed, even though the leading character tries hard to do well. I did get a little frustrated with the way Fitz treated Molly. If I had been in the same situation I am sure I would have chosen the girl over the King, but I am not Fitz.
The Liveship series is my favorite series by anyone and then Hobb's Forrest Mage series and then this series. I hope to soon complete the Dragon series, which may bump this series down to 4th place.
I have also started to enjoy reading Hobb's first books, written under the name of Megan Lindholm, I hope they come out on audible.
Narrator is excellent.
Story line moves really well
Love Lacy she is such a suble character
The way of the wolf
The characters and the plot kept me intrigued throughout the entire story -- I could not wait to get in my car again and listen to more. Mad long commutes enjoyable and something to look forward to. The intricately woven plot was well formulated.
Maybe it's me....I cannot get past the frustration of a plot wherein the characters know who the villan is, know how the villan functions, and choose not to do anything about it; but when bad things happen they are taken by surprise.
I listened to Assassin's Apprentice and it was fine, despite the menace threatening not only to end the life of the main character but also destroy the existance of the 6 duchies. The narrative is compelling and description is used very effectively. I was okay to bide my time while the characters presumably gathered the evidence needed to ensure the right villan was identified. But enough is enough!
Maybe it's me....but when someone is out to do murder and the characters have the capabilities to stop it and choose not to, I feel pretty frustrated - frustrated enough to turn it all off, put the book away, and say "The heck with this!"
The unfortunate thing is that the narrator does a wonderful job. The performance is almost enough to carry me to the end but the slow and frustrating plot line keeps interferring. Far from creating dynamic tension, the misunderstandings between characters, the protestations of nobility (which ring stupid as opposed to noble), and the seeming inability to put clues together to come up with treason and murder, create tension alright - the tension that speaks of having spent my credits on a less than engaging couple of books.
It is in my top 20 audiobooks
He brings the Bastard to life
He tells the story like you read it in your own mind
All three books should be downloaded so you can continue from one to the other
Possibly it was a great story and well preformed.
Chade he was the man in the shadows, who knows everything and pulls the strings.
Burich the old gruff, no nonsense man.
The ending where Fitz tried to kill everyone.
...for the listener, if not for the hero of the story. A very enjoyable fantasy story with a well-defined couple of systems of magic and a believable world. The pain and struggles that the main character goes through make the story both painful and very good.
In the first story, I rated the narrarator only at 4 stars, but as I continue listening to him, his voices grow on me and he does a great job of bringing the story to life.
Some people dismiss fantasy as escapism, as not being serious. Well, folks, this story is serious. Your emotions will be dragged up and down, you'll think about human nature and what's really important in the world.
Boehmer's rendition is top notch. Each character is unique. His delivery ranges from forceful to subtle and more than once I found myself pausing and rewinding just to marvel in a narrative moment he created.
I am very excited to dive into book three of this trilogy!
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